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People in parks: beyond the debate

New Haven, USA
2–3 April 2004

Achieving conservation in human-inhabited protected areas

The debate over people in parks has been a fiery one, yet one thing has become clear: human-inhabited protected areas (HIPAs) are a reality of the conservation landscape. Protected area managers and policy-makers acknowledge that areas of high conservation value are already a home and subsistence base for local communities, and are attempting to incorporate these communities in conservation planning. The challenge that remains is how to achieve conservation in HIPAs.

Although formally HIPAs are a relatively new phenomenon, some preliminary conclusions about what works and what does not can now be drawn. Major efforts to integrate communities within protected areas have been under way for the last decade, providing time for reflection and analysis of empirical data. Other protected areas that incorporate local community participation may also prove highly instructive for identifying the effective elements to conservation in HIPAs.

The Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters will convene all sides of the debate to identify constructive lessons in the effort to create human-inhabited protected areas of lasting conservation value. Social and natural scientists, resource managers, policy-makers, community leaders and other interested parties will come together to share their experiences in dealing with this challenge.

For more information, please contact:
Yale ISTF Conference, c/o Tropical Resource Institute, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 210 Prospect Street, New Haven,
CT 06511, USA.

Management of tropical dry forest woodlands and savannas: assessment, silviculture, scenarios

Brasilia, Brazil
12–14 April 2004

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Dr José Imaña Encinas, University of Brasilia, Forestry Department, CP 04357, 70919-970, Brasilia, DF, Brazil.
Fax: +55 61 3470631;

International workshop on solitary bees and their role in pollination

Ceará, Brazil
26–29 April 2004

The workshop is promoted by the Brazilian Pollinators Initiative and organized by the Universidade Federal do Ceará, with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Environment and the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development.

The purpose of the workshop is to update knowledge on solitary bees, especially their use for crop pollination. Subjects such as rearing, building up population techniques, standardized methodologies, losses of species diversity, population declining and management practices, assessment of the economic value of their pollination services and the economic impact of the decline of pollination services will be covered and discussed.

For more information, please contact:
Breno M. Freitas, Organizing Committee, CP 12168 Campus do Pici, 60.021-970 Fortaleza, CE, Brazil.

2nd international symposium on gender and forestry: challenges to sustainable livelihoods and forestry management

Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania
1–10 August 2004

The conference is being organized by the Gender and Forestry Research Group of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), in collaboration with ENVIROCARE, University of Dar-es-Salaam, Sokoine University, Morogoro.

The aim of the symposium is to identify areas in which women and men have access to forest resources in the effort of improving the livelihoods of resource-poor people and sustainable forestry management locally and globally. The symposium focuses on such themes as women and forestry, gender, poverty and sustainable development, forest resource utilization and income-generating activities for local people, ideology, religion and environmental responsibility.

The objectives include:

• To identify non-wood forest products for medicine and food and see how best women can use such resources for poverty reduction without damaging the environment.

• To address forestry gender issues of national, regional and global importance.

• To promote transparent multistakeholder verification of compliance with forestry management standards that protect the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable groups such as women.

• To discuss the implementation of national, regional and global laws, conventions and agreements for the sustainable management of forests.

• To enhance women’s support for forestry ownership, control and rights of use of forests and sharing of benefits.

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf, Chair, Technical Committee, Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana.

International conference on regenerating mountain forests

Kloster Seeon, Bavaria, Germany
12–16 September 2004

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Dr R. Mosandl, Lehrstuhl für Waldbau und Forsteinrichtung,
RMF 2004, Am Hochanger 13,
85354 Freising, Germany.
Fax: +49 8161 714616;

Monitoring science and technology symposium: unifying knowledge for sustainability in the western hemisphere

Denver, Colorado, USA
20–24 September 2004

Efforts of natural resource professionals throughout the Western Hemisphere in the twentieth century have led to a number of revelations regarding the way in which human beings interact with the natural world and how to (and how not to) manage resources sustainably. By sustainability, we mean to leave future generations with as many management and utilization options as the current generation enjoys.

The twenty-first century is being marked by a number of converging scientific, technological and societal factors that advance the possibility of improved concurrent sustainability of natural resources and human institutions. These factors provide the principles upon which this symposium is organized.

For more information, please contact:
Dr Sidney Draggan, Senior Science and Science Policy Advisor, Immediate Office of the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, Mail Code 8101R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460, USA.
Fax: +1 202 5652431;

Multipurpose trees in the tropics: assessment, growth and management

Jodhpur, India
22–25 November 2004

The Arid Forest Research Institute (Jodhpur, India), in collaboration with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Divisions 1, 2 and 4, is organizing this international conference. Although the meeting will deal primarily with tropical and subtropical tree species, the organizers are very interested in experiences from non-tropical regions in relation to assessment and management of tree species for multiple products (in particular non-timber forest products).

For more information, please contact:
Dr V.P. Tewari (Forest Resource Management and Economics Division, Arid Forest Research Institute,
PO Krishi Mandi, New Pali Road, Jodhpur 342005, India.
Fax: +91 291 2722764;
e-mail: or;

17th commonweaLth forestry conference: forestry’s contribution to poverty reduction

Colombo, Sri Lanka
28 February–5 March 2005

For more information, please contact:
Libby Jones, Secretary, Standing Committee on Commonwealth Forestry, Forestry Commission, United Kingdom.
Fax: +44 131 3164344;
e-mail: or

Forests in the balance: linking tradition and technology – XXII iufro world congress

Brisbane, Australia
8–13 August 2005

For more information, please contact:
Dr Russell Haines, Queensland Forestry Research Institute, PO Box 631, Indooroopilly 4068, Australia.
Fax: +61 7 38969628;

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